|SELECTED WRITINGS OF WILLIAM SHARP
MRS. WILLIAM SHARP
VOLUME IIIPAPERS CRITICAL
BY WILLIAM SHARP
ON MATTHEW ARNOLD
THE critical and reminiscent papers, herein gathered together, spread over a period of eighteen years, from 1884 to 1902. The volume is largely autobiographic inasmuch as it records the impressions and memories concerning writers of that date with whom William Sharp was in touch; all more or less his intimate friends, with the exception of Matthew Arnold whom he met but thrice.
The memorial paper on Philip Bourke Marston was written in 1887 as a Preface to the blind poet's For a Song's Sake ; the appreciation of Browning forms part of the last chapter of my husband's monograph on Browning in The Great Writers Series. The opening paper on Matthew Arnold is a portion of an Introduction written for a selection of that writer's poems issued in the Canterbury Series ; to the same Series belongs the collection of the Poems of Eugene Lee-Hamilton, for which William Sharp wrote the Biographical Study; and it is to Messrs. Walter Scott Ltd., the publishers of these four volumes, that I am indebted for permission to herein include their prefaces.
The review of Marius the Epicurean was printed in Time, 1885 ; the Personal Reminiscences of Walter Pater and Some Reminiscences of Christina Rossetti appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, the former in December 1894, the latter in June 1895, and Rossetti in Prose and Verse in the March number of The National Review, 1887.
The article on the novels of Thomas Hardy was written for The Forum in 1892, prior to the publication of Jude the Obscure; and that on George Meredith: an Estimate of his work in Prose and Verse, appeared simultaneously in Good Words and in The New York Times, Saturday Review (July 1, 1899). The appreciation of Sir Edward Burne-Jones was contributed to The Fortnightly Review in August 1898, shortly after the death of that painter; and the essay on Swinburne was written to preface a selection of that poet's work, arranged by William Sharp, and published in 1901 in the Tauchnitz Collection of British Authors. Although The Hotel of the Beautiful Star---of which two-thirds were printed in Harper's, October 1900---differs in character from the other contents of this book, I have included it because it is reminiscent of the author himself and shows a side of his nature that I have scarcely touched upon in my Memoir of him, but may I think be of interest to his readers.
I wish to take this opportunity of expressing my appreciation of the courtesy of the Editors of the above-named Periodicals, through which I am enabled to include these autobiographic papers in the present volume of the selected writings of William Sharp.